Sperm freezing is also known as sperm cryopreservation, the process involves preserving a man’s sperm at very low temperatures for future use.
What is sperm freezing?
Sperm freezing is also known as sperm cryopreservation, the process involves preserving a man’s sperm at very low temperatures for future use. The technique allows patients to store their sperm for an extended period, preserving its viability and potential to be used in assisted reproductive procedures at a later stage.
Why is sperm freezing important?
Sperm freezing may be considered for both social and medical reasons. For example, patients may wish to preserve their fertility ahead of medical treatment, which may impact their fertility, such as chemotherapy. It is also used for patients before they undergo gender reassignment.
Patients may also wish to freeze sperm ahead of treatment if they may have difficulty producing a sample on the day or have a low sperm count. Sperm freezing may also be required for patients who are having surgical sperm retrieval prior to treatment. The sample will be frozen and stored at the clinic until it is required for use in treatment.
When is sperm freezing recommended?
Sperm freezing is recommended in various situations where a patient wants to preserve their sperm for future use. Here are some common situations when sperm freezing might be recommended:
- Prior to cancer treatment
- Testicular or reproductive disorders
- Prior to surgery
- Prior to gender reassignment
- Prior to vasectomy
- As a back up prior to fertility treatment
- High risk occupations
- Military deployment
- A consultation with one of our clinicians to plan for the sperm freezing
- A consultation with the member of the nursing team to support the patient with the consenting process
- Sperm freezing
- Storage of sperm for 1 year
The first year of storage is included in the sperm freezing price. After that, there will be one annual storage fee regardless of the number of eggs, sperm or embryos in storage.